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150th Anniversary Gala Raises More Than $630k For Student Scholarships

November 10, 2015 – Shaw University concluded its 150th Anniversary Celebration this weekend with a sold-out, black-tie Gala that surpassed the original fundraising goal of $500,000. More than $630,000 was raised for student scholarships and campus initiatives. The event set records for the largest amount of funds raised and largest attended fundraising event in school history. More than 98 percent of Shaw students receive financial aid and 36 percent are first-generation college students, making the Gala’s success instrumental in supporting student success.

The sold out affair, presented by Cherokee Investments, took place on Friday, November 6 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center in Downtown Raleigh and hosted 600 guests. The event began with a special President’s Reception for top sponsors followed by a general cocktail reception. A highlight for the event was the “Fund-A-Need” auction that raised an additional $28,000 and was matched dollar for dollar. Community support continued throughout the evening with individual donations of up to $100,000. The National Alumni Association of Shaw University presented $80,000, the largest amount ever, and a host of university alumni chapters, alumni classes and other community organizations presented their donations as well.

“The tremendous support of our Gala represented the belief of the community in Shaw University and our vision,” said Shaw University President Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy. “We thank every donor, supporter, investor and contributor for making this evening an outstanding success.”

Renowned author and businessman Stedman Graham provided a stirring keynote on the keys to leadership and success followed by a music conclusion from premiere saxophonist Marcus Anderson. While the event is over, donations to the 150th Anniversary are still being accepted and can be made at www.shawu.edu/150/Give/

Photo caption: Shaw University President Dr. Tashni Dubroy shows excitement during the Gala, after receiving a check for $80,000 from the National Alumni Association (NAA) of Shaw University’s Executive Vice-President Vivian McCoy. It was the largest donation made to the University from the NAA in the organization’s history.